The heat of summer has already hit Tucson, and it’s only going to get hotter. The extreme heat we endure affects farm animals in the same ways that it affects us, putting them at risk of heat stress (especially young animals, animals with dark fur, and animals that have a history of respiratory illness). To safeguard the health of your livestock from the heat, you need to take a few precautions to keep your farm animals cool and hydrated throughout the summer
During Pet Appreciation Week, we encourage pet owners to reflect on why they’re thankful for their pets and to celebrate by pampering their pets with love, attention, care, and fun activities. Consider the following ideas to help you celebrate your furry (fishy, scaley, feathered, hooved, etc.) friends this week.
According to an industry report from the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Americans spent $103.6 billion on pets in 2020, a 6.7% increase over the previous year. Out of the total dollars spent on pets, $31.4 billion went to veterinary care, and that’s 7.2% more than in 2019.
If you’ve been living in the Southwestern United States, then you’ve probably already heard of the disease called Valley Fever. Whether or not you’re new to the area, however, it’s important to familiarize yourself with Valley Fever and its signs and symptoms in dogs, especially, so you can be aware and make sure your pets are well-protected.
When you bring your pet to the vet (or have us visit your farm or stable), you might wonder why we recommend running routine laboratory work on your medicated animals that appear to be healthy and responding normally to their medications.
Although you should carefully consider your options for your pet’s veterinary care, spaying and neutering surgeries have a variety of benefits that, in the opinion of most veterinarians, far outweigh any risks associated with the procedures.
Some people assume that, for cats and dogs, growing old means getting sick, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With the right wellness and preventative care, our veterinarians can help senior pets avoid age-related diseases and mobility issues that arise as a result of regular wear and tear.
Although they’re often forgotten and overlooked, pets’ teeth need regular care and attention, too! Just like humans, pets can face some pretty painful and even life-threatening health problems when they don’t receive proper dental care.
Although not all canine boarding facilities require a leptospirosis vaccine for dogs, the Pet Resort at Adobe Veterinary Center does. With the wet weather, muddier soil, and increased opportunities for pets to contract leptospirosis
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! While we celebrate all the pups who are busy snuggling into their new families, our veterinarians at Adobe Veterinary Center want to remind you that licensing your new dog is required by Arizona state law.
The feline leukemia (FeLV) vaccine is not considered a core vaccine. (Core vaccines include those that every cat is either required by law or recommended to have.)
Dogs like to pick up dead and injured animals, and cats just love delivering presents to their humans. Unfortunately, these habits aren’t sanitary. When a bat is involved, these habits are downright dangerous.
Summer everywhere can be dangerous for pets and livestock, but it’s an especially dangerous time for animals here. Tucson’s extreme summer temperatures and arid climate put animals at an elevated risk of dehydration and heatstroke.
Swimming is one of the best ways for dogs to exercise during the summer. Most dogs love to splash around, and the cooling water reduces their risk of heatstroke and prevents them from burning their paws while running on hot pavement.
Microchipping dogs and cats as a means of permanent identification has become a fairly run-of-the-mill aspect of regular veterinary care.
It’s a common misconception that parasites, especially fleas, are only a summer problem in Tucson. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Thanks to our year-round beautiful weather, Tucson never really gets cold enough for fleas or ticks to die.
Countless poisonous, venomous, and dangerous critters roam the Sonoran desert. You’re likely instinctively wary of snakes, scorpions, and parasite-ridden mosquitos, but a toad might not cause you to bristle in fear. The Colorado River toad, however, is just as dangerous.
During their long lives, horses are susceptible to a variety of health problems, including Cushing’s disease. Also known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID).
Upon releasing their latest guidelines (15 Days to Slow the Spread), the White House has called upon every person in the United States to do their part in halting the transmission of the highly contagious Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Although we might not experience the feet of snow, rain, and sleet or sub-zero temperatures that other parts of the country get during winter, Tucson winters can still affect your pet’s health.
Pet Insurance…Where to start Pet insurance sounds like a novel concept for any dog or cat owner. Our clients ask us frequently which pet insurance we recommend at Adobe. We do not recommend one insurance company over the other. Typically we offer inquiring individuals multiple insurance pamphelets and report the companies that our clients mention… Continue reading Pet Insurance…Where to start
Normal Play vs. Aggressive Tendencies Puppies can play rough. Most puppy play consists of chasing, pouncing, barking, growling, snapping, and biting. So how can you tell the difference between normal play and possible signs of aggression in both dogs & cats? In normal play, a puppy may play bow (lower its head and raise its… Continue reading Normal Play vs. Aggressive Tendencies
Emergency Preparedness: Important Tips for Horse Owners In the event of the potential flooding over the next couple of days, we at Adobe Veterinary Center know how important it is for you as a horse owner to have pre-planned actions and proper information to make rapid decisions that may save your horse’s and even your… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness: Important Tips for Horse Owners
AAHA Accreditation: What it means for you & your pets Have you ever wondered why it’s so important to take your pets to a clinic that is AAHA accredited? What does it mean to be accredited? The AAHA accreditation means that your veterinary clinic holds itself to a higher standard, and that your pet is… Continue reading AAHA Accreditation: What it means for you & your pets
Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winner! We are happy to announce that the winner of our annual Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Contest is Tin Man! Great job to the winners and thanks to everyone for their creativity and effort, it was another great contest!
Equine Herpesvirus Outbreak Click the following links to learn more about the recent outbreak of Equine Herpesvirus, a neurological disease affecting horses. A Guide To Understanding the Neurologic Form of EHV Infection Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) & EHV-1 Frequently Asked Questions
People Food: Safe or Toxic We would love for our pets to be able to have that occasional “people food” treat. Although, we do not encourage those treats frequently we do want our clients to be informed of the foods that are safe for people but dangerous for your pets. The following foods may be… Continue reading People Food: Safe or Toxic
February is recognized as National Pet Dental Health month In the past, Adobe Veterinary Center has recognized this month by applying a 10-15% discount on all dental prophylaxis procedures during the month of February.
Reasons why we recommend routine blood work: Most importantly, we recommend blood work during an exam to detect illness in the early stages.
Our homes contain a variety of everyday items and substances that we may not consider dangerous, but can be dangerous or even fatal if ingested by our furry friends. By becoming aware of the most common hazards, you can protect your pet’s health.
Dr. Claire Hans grew up in the Midwest, raised along with her three brothers, one sister, and various Boxers. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison and gained experience with animals as a veterinary assistant, milking dairy cows, in research, and with wildlife rehabilitation.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as of August 5th 2014, WNV infections in birds and veterinary animals have been reported in the state of Arizona. West Nile Virus infections have also been reported in humans in Arizona.
10 Tips for Caring for The Older Horse: Because of advances in nutrition, management and health care, horses are living longer, more useful lives. It’s not uncommon to find horses and ponies living well into their 20s and 30s. While genetics play a role in determining life span.
Recognize your Horse’s Dental Issues Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. This is because some horses simply adapt to their discomfort. For this reason, periodic dental examinations are essential to your horse’s health. It is important to catch dental… Continue reading Recognize your Horse’s Dental Issues
Foaling If your mare has made it through 11 months of pregnancy, you’re almost home free. Labor and delivery, while momentous, are generally uneventful. In most cases, you will simply need to be a quiet observer – if, that is, you are lucky enough to witness the birth. Mares seem to prefer to foal at… Continue reading Foaling
Tips For A Safe New Years and Holiday For Your Pets The holidays is a festive moment for us human beings. We celebrate family and life through music, large gatherings, and decorations. However, it may be a precarious time for your pets who may not be accustomed to the noise. From animals who suffer from… Continue reading Tips For A Safe New Years and Holiday For Your Pets
Protect-your-furry-friend-with-these-holiday-pet-safety-tips It’s time to “deck the halls” and enjoy time with your friends and family, including the furry members of your family. However, along with the excitement of the holiday season, this time of year also brings hazards for our pets. According to pets.webmd.com, each year there are more than 100,000 cases of pet poisoning,… Continue reading Protect Your Furry Friend with These Holiday Pet Safety Tips
Heartworm 101 for Dogs and Cats Heartworm disease is generally considered a condition that only affects dogs, but many other mammal species can suffer from it or act as carriers. Heartworms have been known to infect dogs, cats, ferrets, wolves, coyotes, sea lions, and there have even been reported cases of human infection as well.… Continue reading Heartworm 101 for Dogs and Cats
5 Tips to Promote Fire Pet Safety in Your Home Many people who have pets understand that they quickly become part of the family. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the importance of fire pet safety, in fact, it is mistakenly believed that pets will simply follow us out the door if there is danger. It… Continue reading 5 Tips to Promote Fire Pet Safety in Your Home
Common Household Poisons and Toxins Within our homes are dozens of substances and food products that, while safe for human use and consumption, are toxic or deadly for our pet companions. While many of these dangers are obvious and avoidable, there are some items we might not consider a danger — until a beloved pet… Continue reading Common Household Poisons and Toxins
Vital Pet First Aid Tips To Help Keep Your Pet Healthy And Safe When you own a pet, there are many things to keep in mind. You not only need to make sure their environment is safe for themselves, but also have a working knowledge of what pets should and shouldn’t eat, and keep their… Continue reading Vital Pet First Aid Tips To Help Keep Your Pet Healthy And Safe
Common Worms and Parasites: Identifying Worms and Symptoms The threat of parasites and worms are a reality for your dog and cat. Affecting particular breeds and pets that have access to the outdoors, parasites and worms can cause small ailments like stomach upset, up to extreme cases of death. The most common type of parasites… Continue reading Common Worms and Parasites: Identifying Worms and Symptoms
13 Common Pet Emergencies That Need Immediate Attention Having a pet is a commitment. Most people misunderstand the most common pet emergencies, and don’t call for help until it’s too late. Understanding and keeping a list of the most common emergencies that require a veterinarian’s attention will help keep a pet healthy for a long… Continue reading 13 Common Pet Emergencies That Need Immediate Attention
When they’re happy… We’re happy: Part 1 We all want the best for our pets. We either rescued them from bad conditions, took them off a friend’s hands, or found them through a local or far away breeder. How ever we obtained our companions we want to make the best home for them. In this… Continue reading When they’re happy… We’re happy: Part 1
Thanksgiving: What Not to Feed Your Pet While you enjoy feasting on a decadent meal full of classic homemade dishes on Thanksgiving Day, you might feel guilty leaving your pets out of the party. As much as they love scarfing scraps and digging through the trash, the discarded morsels they find under the table can… Continue reading Thanksgiving: What Not to Feed Your Pet
Happy and Merry! Pet Safety Tips for the Whole Holiday Season Christmas, New Year’s and all of the holidays of the season provide a wonderful time to spend with loved ones. So, it’s natural that we want to celebrate the season with our pets, too. While some socializing and pet-safe treats are fun for them,… Continue reading Happy and Merry! Pet Safety Tips for the Whole Holiday Season
The Importance of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship The relationship between a veterinarian, client and the patient is an integral part of a veterinarian’s ability to provide high quality treatment to any animal. The success of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) depends on several factors, including the ability of the veterinarian to become familiar with an animal, the… Continue reading The Importance of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship